A new study shows that cats in Wuhan, China, where the COVID-19 outbreak started, might be contracting the disease. Scientists took swab samples of 46 abandoned cats, 41 cats from pet hospitals and 15 cats from COVID-19 patient families and found that 26 of them had been infected with the virus. Where 15 cats had the antibodies, suggesting they had at some point been infected, 11 cats had neutralising antibodies—proteins that prevent or block the infection. Interestingly, none of the cats actually tested positive for COVID-19, but the presence of the antibodies proved that they could be susceptible to the virus.
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